Politics & Government

DSHS worker named to help head budget office

Stan Marshburn, who was the budget leader at the state Department of Social and Health Services, now is second in command of the state budget office.

Marshburn served a stint as the interim leader of DSHS before Gov. Chris Gregoire named Susan Dreyfus the new secretary. Now Marshburn – one of the longtime budget chiefs in Olympia – will take the slot formerly occupied by Wolfgang Opitz.

Opitz moved to the State Treasurer’s Office when Jim McIntire took over there after the election.

Lawmakers to visit Panorama for study group forum

South Sound’s 22nd District lawmakers will be the featured speakers May 12 at a forum of the Democratic Study Group at Panorama retirement center.

Sen. Karen Fraser of Thurston County and Reps. Sam Hunt and Brendan Williams, both of Olympia, are scheduled to talk at 1:30 p.m. in the Quinault auditorium, 1835 Circle Lane S.E., in Lacey. The topic is the spending cuts in the 2009-11 operating budget, which Fraser and Hunt voted for and Williams voted against. People of all political affiliations are invited to attend.

For more information, call Bob Walker at 360-438-5973.